by Amna El Tawil
The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, has issued yet another warning to the United States and promised to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) whenever and wherever he sees fit, according to a new report.
The dictator made the threat through his Foreign Ministry in the country’s capital, Pyongyang, to coincide with his birthday over the weekend. He’s believed to have turned 33 on Sunday.
The Telegraph quoted Jong-Un saying: “The ICBM will be launched any time and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). The US is wholly to blame for pushing the DPRK to have developed an ICBM as it has desperately resorted to anachronistic policy hostile toward the DPRK for decades to encroach upon its sovereignty and vital rights.”
At the same time, Ash Carter, the US Defence Secretary, vowed that the United States will shoot down any North Korean missile that flies towards the country or its allies.
Carter described Pyongyang’s missile programs as a “serious threat to us” in an interview with American network NBC, pledging that the US would strike any missile “if it were coming towards our territory or the territory of our friends and allies.”
During a New Year’s Day speech, Jong-un made a similar pledge, bragging that the military was making great strides in its efforts to test-launch ICBM missiles.
“Research and development of cutting-edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage,” Jong-un said in the speech. He also boasted that The North was a “military power of the East that cannot be touched by even the strongest enemy.”